Cissus Quadrangularis is a common plant of the grape family. It is an ancient medicinal plant native to the hotter parts of Ceylon and India. However, this perennial plant is now found throughout Africa and Asia and is even exported to the United States due to its beneficial health qualities.
It also goes by the names Veldt grape, Adamant creeper and Devil’s backbone.
- Botanical name: Cissus quadrangularis Linn.
- Sanskrit names: Asthisamhari, Granthimana, Asthishrinkhala, Asthisamharaka, Kandavalli, Vajrangi, Asthisamyojaka.
- Hindi: Hadjod, Hadjora, Hadsankari, Hadsarihari, Kandvel.
- Gujarati: Hadsankal, Hadsand, Chodhari.
- Tamil: Perandai, Pirandai, Vajjravalli.
- Telugu: Nalleru, Nulleratiga, Vajravalli.
- Kannada: Mogaroli, Mangarahalli.
- Malayalam: Peranta, Changalamparanta.
Benefits of Cissus Quadrangularis
Weight Loss & Heart HealthResearchers believe that Cissus quadrangularis can help burn fat, reduce appetite, and increase lean muscle mass. Combining dietary changes and exercises with Cissus Quadrangularis supplement could promote a healthy weight loss - 187 percent more weight than without it. It boosts weight loss efforts by helping to suppress the appetite and stimulating the metabolism to burn weight calories faster and use nutrients more efficiently.
In conjunction with the benefits above, Cissus quadrangularis has also been directly linkedto lower cholesterol levels, possibly due to its strong impact on metabolic factors in the body. By reducing “bad” cholesterol in the body, Cissus quadrangularis can help to protect your cardiovascular system from an excess strain, atherosclerosis, heart, attacks, strokes, and elevated blood pressure.
Strong Bones & Dental HealthThe plant extract serves as a rich source of calcium ions and is known to accelerate healing of fracture & increase the bone strength.
According to Bogar, a Tamil siddhar (sometime between 550 and 300 BCE) who is said to have discoverered the elixir of immortality, expected Cissus to equal the strength of Diamond, the hardest substance known to man. That could be reason for its names - Vajrangi/Vajjravalli – Makes body as strong as diamond. In a similar way, as Cissuc quadrangularis can also help your teeth. Studies have shown a correlation between great oral health and Cissus quadrangularis supplementation.